If you haven’t checked out my books in a while, you might notice a little something different….

Yup, most of the novel titles have changed. I got the idea to make the titles “match” when I was trying to come up with the title for my newest upcoming book. I couldn’t get the title Songbird Cottage out of my head, and it inspired me to make all the novel titles relate to the cottages where they take place. I love the new names, and I hope you do, too. And I have so many more stories to tell you, starting with the aforementioned Songbird Cottage, coming late this month, and the one after that, Riverstone Cottage, which stars one of Matt DiPietro’s fellow agents from the secretive spy agency, The Project. So those are coming soon.

In the meantime, feel free to drop me a line. Even though I’m holed up in my own little cottage working hard, I always love to hear from readers. Click on the Contact link above to get in touch with me.


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Hi again.

I’m enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, and I have so much fun reading entire series by new authors I never would have discovered without my membership.

So all of my Pajaro Bay Mysteries are in Kindle Unlimited–I want new readers to be able to discover them without having to spend a lot up front.

The latest Pajaro Bay Mystery is Rum Cake Cottage, the story of Roxy Drew, an ex-con trying to start over, and her high school sweetheart, the small town mayor who thought he’d moved on without her. Can they figure out the mystery that’s haunted them for ten years?

You can learn more about Rum Cake Cottage HERE.

Have a great day!


I hope you’re having a great summer. The weather here is lovely, but I’m already thinking ahead to autumn (that’s what happens when you write books far in advance of their release dates–you lose track of what season you’re in!).

I just wanted to give you a quick reminder that Rum Cake Cottage, the latest Pajaro Bay Mystery, is available in an affordable paperback edition.

I love the characters of “Rum Cake” so much; I’ve always had a soft spot for newspaper editor Alec O’Keeffe, who has appeared in just about every Pajaro Bay book and short story. Now, finally, we get to learn where he comes from and can follow along as he gets to his own happily ever after!

You can learn more HERE if you’re interested.

Have a great day!


Have you read Rum Cake Cottage yet? If you have, it would help other readers if you take a moment to write a quick review. Sharing your opinion with other readers takes only a couple of minutes, and it helps so much!

You can leave a review here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071DT6BCL

If you haven’t read the latest Pajaro Bay novel yet, here’s a little preview: Roxy Drew arrives back in her Pajaro Bay hometown after spending ten years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. But she soon discovers she has to solve the mystery that put her behind bars before her own child ends up the next victim in Dashing Through the Surf. You can learn more about the book HERE.

Thanks for following along on this journey with me.

Best wishes,


Rum Cake Cottage, the fifth Pajaro Bay novel, is finally here. I’m so excited to share this story with you.

Roxy Drew has been through a lot and is a real survivor. She has a lot of flaws, but she is working to do the best she can for those she loves.

And now she has to solve a mystery that is endangering her child. Can she figure it out in time? Well, this is Pajaro Bay, so I guarantee there will be a happy ending, but it might take Roxy some clever sleuthing to get there!

Of course, since this is Pajaro Bay, she doesn’t have to go it alone. We get to visit a lot of familiar friends from other books: Alec O’Keeffe (Boardwalk Cottage), Ria O’Keeffe (Halloween Hullabaloo), Camilla Stewart (Honeymoon Cottage), Lori York (Lighthouse Cottage), Kai Milagra DiPietro (A Christmas Miracle in Pajaro Bay), and even the little Boston Terrier pup who got a new sweater in Home Improvement! And of course there’s retired movie star Zelda Potter, and my favorite stoned surfer dude Hector Peña, both making appearances to add a little spice to the story.

I hope you enjoy this visit to Pajaro Bay. I look forward to hearing what you think of the story–it was so much fun to write!

Best wishes,


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